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Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
January, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 01
Heating Up Your Practice Safely, Part 2
By Dixie Wall, Contributing Editor
In December's issue1 we discussed heat therapies and their positive effects in the treatment room. We covered treatment procedures such as skin typing, which will help us give an effective heat therapy treatment while minimizing the risks of burns. We mentioned the use of an informed consent document during the preliminary consultation and reviewed the most common mistakes that can lead to accidental burns. This month, we will discuss the gathering and assessment of subjective and objective information to formulate the best treatment plan for our clients.
First we will begin by reviewing the physiological effects of heat on the body. These involve the endocrine, circulatory and nervous systems. The body's temperature is regulated by the hypothalamus (endocrine system), which strives to keep the body in balance. Common therapeutic responses of the circulatory system include increased circulation and blood flow to the muscles by the vasodilatation of the peripheral nervous system. Sometimes the client will feel slightly sedated from heat by the release of neurotransmitters that tend to make us feel good and cause a decrease in pain and joint stiffness.
Nevertheless, there are certain conditions, diseases and body types that may cause abnormal reactions to heat therapy and/or compromise a client's perception of heat. There are several types of heat therapies used by massage therapists, the most popular include: hot stones, immersion baths, electric heating pads, moist heat packs (hydrocollater packs) and infra-red saunas. In order to use these tools safely, we must remain flexible to our client's individual needs by incorporating our intuition and professional knowledge. It may be best to check first with a client's primary care physician when working with sick patients. A certain client's condition or symptoms may be exacerbated by heat therapies. Considering the aforementioned therapies, what are the subjective and objective factors to consider when treating with heat therapies?
The first precautionary measure we can take is by simply asking our clients for a basic medical history. These findings are subjective unless we actually talk to, or receive a note from, a client's primary care physician confirming diagnosis given by the client. Most therapists gather subjective information by an initial interview where the client fills out a complete medical history on their first visit. This document should include, but is not limited to: medical background including medications and supplements, and an informed consent. Some therapists include an extra form specifically for hot stones, or other types of modalities to be filled out by the clients before treatment. Here are some of most common contraindicated and cautioned diseases and conditions to be aware of with use of heat therapies:
Contraindicated diseases and conditions:
Acute conditions and special needs clients:
Subjective information is essential, however, objective observations are equally important and effective when creating a treatment plan for clients. By careful observation, we can use our intuition to determine the particular need of each client. For example, noticing that a client is generally in a hurry, feels "hot," tends to sweat easily or is easily irritated may raise a red flag for heat therapies. This client's symptoms point to a general heat pattern in the body and may be exacerbated by adding more heat.
Many types of alternative medical practitioners use subjective and objective information in order to reach a diagnosis and treatment plan for their patients. Legally we cannot diagnosis, but a therapist can still gather information to formulate the best treatment plan for each individual client.
In traditional Chinese medical theory, a practitioner may avoid heat therapies such as moxabustion and fire cupping on certain types of patterns of disharmony or disease. A diagnosis or pattern of disease may indicate whether or not the patient has a too much or not enough heat. Generally, Eastern doctors will not use heat therapies on heat patterns (excess yang or deficient yin/ hot body types) but will use them on patients who have cold patterns (excess yin or deficiency of yang/cold body types) in their diagnosis to warm up the body. The practitioner's intention is to promote the balance of hot (yang) and cold (yin) within the body.
From a similar perspective, Ayuervedic medicine also tries to achieve balance through body typing and diagnosis, and tends not to use heat therapies on people with a high pitta conditions (since pitta represents the fire-water element in the Ayurvedic tradition).
If still not sure on whether or not to use heat, a therapist can palpitate the client's pulse. From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective, pulses over 80 beats per minute (BPM) indicate a mild heat condition and a pulse over 90 BPM indicates a severe heat condition. However, pulse rates can be affected by many factors that should always be considered.
Ultimately, we must always make the client's well-being our top priority by creating balance through the use of our modalities. We must remain flexible based on our clients' needs. Coupling both our intuition and education, we can provide safe and effective treatments for our clients. As always, I welcome and appreciate any comments or concerns at .
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